hidden treasure

Okay, I'm barely holding my eyelids high enough to peek through... but I wanted to jot down a few thoughts and some links. My friend John always pokes fun at me for the amount of tabs I leave open on my computer. I reason that I can't close the tabs until I've dealt with them. Sometimes that means I just read the article and other times it means I post it or respond to it. Anyway... at this moment I have 9 tabs open in Google Chrome.

First, I have to just take a moment to be sad about today being the last Tuesday I get to celebrate my little "taste and see" experiment with the seniors. I desperately want them to know how sweet the Word is! Today, if they told me their favorite verse and why, they got to choose a treat with a HIDDEN treasure: chocolate cupcake with chocolate chip cookie dough inside or a cake cookie with chocolate chip cookie dough inside. The process was about 4 hours long (and Hilda helped me out for the first half!), but the result was pretty delicious... and their responses were the sweetest part! Here are some of their favorite verses: Deuteronomy 6:5, Philippians 4:13, Zephaniah 3:17, Proverbs 31, Jeremiah 29:11, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Matthew 7, Luke 10:25-37, Galatians 5:20, James 1:12, John 3:16, Psalm 2:7-8, Proverbs 12:4, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 23.

So, the whole idea was that inside the treat was a HIDDEN treasure. It looks sweet on the outside, but you can't even IMAGINE the sweetness on the inside! I only have THREE more days with the seniors before they say Adios to high school. I don't know if I'm ready for this.

In other news... I'm going to make a little list-love here to get rid of a few tabs up top.

Bell Rings True is an article written by author David Dark (Sacredness of Questioning Everything) that examines Rob Bell's book Love Wins and takes a different angle than many reviews I've read. I like to think I appreciate the whole picture and this is one article that helps me try to step back a few paces to see the landscape view. I may not change my mind, but I'm glad for reading it.

Saving Leonardo is a book review of Nancy Pearcey's Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals and Meaning. Let's just say the intersection of history, art, and culture are enough to reel me in... but then you add the Secular/Christian dynamic and I am caught! This is on my reading list!

Five Thoughts on Worship is an article by Kevin DeYoung about the theology of worship. After experiencing different denominations, cultures, and styles, I have started to grip even tighter the ways God has defined worship for us. He desires for us to worship in Spirit and in Truth and He has not hid those ways from us. DeYoung references David Peterson's five helpful points in understanding corporate worship, from his book Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship.

What is Heaven Like by Jared Wilson, over at the Resurgence, didn't have a hard time convincing me to read. I LOVE to think/talk/dream/pray about heaven. I don't think we have as many discussions as we ought about the place we are destined for eternity.

The Veneer of Media is another article in the series from Q ideas based on the book Veneer. There are many things in this article to ponder, not the least of which is our response to the article's assertions.

My eyes are getting heavier by the second! I should go before I start talking gibberish!

don't forget to let LOVE fly like cRaZy because Christ is the HIDDEN treasure!